Nintendo Switch Has A Web Browser After All - But Only For Finding Hotspots

It can be tweaked a bit to actually browse, but it isn't very good for that purpose.


Nintendo recently revealed that the Nintendo Switch would ship without a browser, but apparently that's not the case. It is there, it just doesn't work very well.

The browser at this point is there for only one purpose right now, and that is to help players find the local hotspots and log in. But as players are wont to do, with a little bit of manipulation, you could actually get to a Facebook page, as the folks at The Verge found out. They had the browser pop up when they logged into a Starbucks hotspot, showing the familiar green steaming coffee logo, but then they tried other machinations.

Entering URLs manually seemed to work, and linking Facebook to your user profile would take you to the official site. You could browse Facebook awkwardly, but there was no way to navigate off the site without getting an error.

The browser uses a blue dot as a cursor that can be moved using the left thumbstick. The right thumbstick zooms in and out. You get the basics of a browser, but little functionality.

While Nintendo isn't saying if it will ever be an option, at least the groundwork has been laid.

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